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- File Size: 615 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
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- Publisher: Whoosh Books (14 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009R682L2
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Ditch the Publisher: 40 Indie Authors on Their Unique Self-Publishing Journeys Kindle Edition
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This is a compelling, well-written compendium for those among us faced with obstacles in gaining recognition from agents. Aside from the fact that several of these quick tips are new only to those just beginning their research, the great value it demonstrates is to show people how promotion of their books can be tastefully done while helping other writers.
What I mean is that one of the best tools a writer can utilize to market their work is to place as many hot links to their book on as many web pages as possible. Thus, each of the 44 chapters provides a means to post the link so readers can either purchase the writer's book or read their blog. This tactic is invaluable to writers who are sharing their lessons learned.
As I said, a large number of articles were well-written and well worth the time I invested in reading. Two writers, however, were especially welcome: L J Sellers and Michael J. Sullivan.
I give this 212-page anthology of self-publishing five stars and recommend every self-publisher buy and read Ditch the Publisher: 40 Indie Authors on Their Unique Self Publishing Journey. I also give a special kudos to editor Hayley Sherman.
Very informative book and I took a lot of notes. One of my favorite sections was #Twenty-One: "A Few Ideas to get You Started" by Joseph Lallo - He gives very good examples of how to get started self-publishing: Write the Book, Get it Edited, Find a Cover Artist, and upload your book to one of the major eBook publishing sites, such as Amazon's KDP and Smashwords (a multi-distributor of eBooks). Smashwords, he states is the "biggest bang for your buck" as they deliver your ebook to Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, and a handful of others.
#Fourteen: "The Writing Bug" by JD Nixon has a section about the pros and cons (more pros than cons) about Smashwords that was very good.
The best part is it doesn't cost you anything to upload your books to these sites and have them published. According to how much you charge per book, you can get from 35% to 75% of the price of your book when it sells. The section on royalties that I liked best was #Twenty: "Five Places to Self-Publish Your Ebook" by L.J. Sellers. She also gives a description of each self-publishing site. L.J. Sellers has written two articles and they are all very well written and informative. In #Twenty-Three: "Investing in Your Own Ebook" - Ms. Sellers explains what each publish pays in royalties and exactly how much it will cost you to publish a book if you hire out for the following:
Formatting for the different eBook publishers
#Twenty-Five: "Becoming a Bestseller" by Terri Reid talks about how to become a best-selling author. I so enjoyed this section that I went to Amazon and bought the first book in her series, "Loose Ends (A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery)", and I checked out her Web site and fan page. She was a special interest to me since the series I'm working on is in the same genre.
There are many more great stories that I haven't hit on here and all are excellent resource on how each author started out, how they're making money, step-by-step instructions, and some were about what NOT to do. There are also amazing sections on marketing your books. This is a 200 plus page book. If you're an author thinking about self-publishing, and you haven't read this book, it is a must read and it is FREE on Amazon right now.
If you have been disillusioned by the endless stream of books promising that you, too, can be a part of the eBook Gold Rush, take a look at "Ditch the Publisher". Real authors and writers are offered up as examples and their websites are referenced in the book should you want to check out more from the ones that you most identify with.
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